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Illinois Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Illinois are optical scan and DRE.

To find out what voting machine is used in your county, please visit your state's resource.

Illinois Provisional Voting

An election judge will issue you a provisional ballot at your polling place if:

Illinois Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Illinois Absentee Voting

You do not need an excuse to vote absentee in Illinois.

You can request an absentee ballot:

  • In person - no more than 90 days but before 1 day before the election
  • By mail inside the US - no more than 90 days or less than 5 days before the election
  • By mail outside the US - no less than 30 days before the election (to receive the full ballot), or less than 30 days but no more than 10 days before the election to receive the Federal Ballot only

You can start voting the absentee ballot 40 days before the election.

Illinois Voters with Disabilites

Numerous provisions are available to aid voters with disabilities. If you are a disabled voter you may request the opportunity to register at home and have registration materials brought to you. You may also request to register to vote by mail.If you are permanently physically disabled, in a nursing home or in a hospital, you may also be eligible for absentee voting.

Illinois Registration Deadline

Registration is open year round except:

  • During the 27-day period just prior to an election
  • During the 2-days after each election (1 day after in Chicago)

As of July 2014, voters may now register to vote either by accessing the Online Voter Application, or through the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

Illinois Early Voting

Early voting is available to all voters beginning 40 days before an election and ends the day before the election. Locations and hours for early voting are determined by each election authority.

For more information about early voting locations, check our your state's resource.


Illinois Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Illinois, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years of age by Election Day (17 years old to vote in a General Primary if you will be 18 by the following General Election)
  • Have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day


Identification is not required to vote at the polls, although you will be required to verify your signature.

If you register to vote by mail and did not submit any ID with the registration, you must show one of the below forms of ID to vote:


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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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